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Top 10 parks and gardens in Tokyo
While Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, its atmosphere remains particularly peaceful and welcoming, in part thanks to its many green spaces.
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Tama and Shima, Tokyo's secret islands
While Tokyo is often seen as a busy and bustling megacity, its lesser-known maritime territory could not be any more different.
Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices
Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices: the major offices throughout Japan where an Exchange Order can be exchanged for a Japan Rail Pass. Below are a few of the 51 offices throughout Japan where the Exc
If you want to optimize your time when taking the train in Japan, you should plan your routes well in advance (and ensure that you order your Japan Rail Pass prior to departing for Japan).
Sakura Views from the Train
If you're planning your trip for cherry blossom season, which goes from mid-March to mid-April depending on the region, you can make the most of your travel time right from your seat with these stu
Smartphone Apps for Your Japan Rail Travel
Check out a few of our favorite apps to use when traveling Japan by rail! Order your JR Pass today - available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.
Hara Station Nagoya
Hara Station is a subway station in the east of Nagoya on the Tsurumai Line. Hara is one stop after Hirabari going west; the next stop is Ueda Station.
Discover Kinosaki Onsen, the village with 7 hot springs
Famous for 7 mystical hot springs, Kinosaki Onsen is a village with more than 1,300 years of history and culture.
Akechi Tetsudo Akechi Railway
The Akechi Tetsudo (Akechi Railway) train makes the journey between Ena and Akechi in Gifu Prefecture, not far from Nagoya.
Kuramaguchi Station (鞍馬口 ) is a subway station on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Imadegawa Station.
Tsurumai Line Nagoya Subway
The Tsurumai Line of the Nagoya subway runs east-west from Kami Otai Station to Akaike Station with connections to Inuyama from Kami Otai and Toyota from Akaike.
The JR Yamanote Line
The JR Yamanote line runs in a loop around Tokyo; a full circuit takes about an hour.
Hanzomon Station Tokyo
Hanzomon Station (半蔵門駅) is in the Kojimachi district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward and serves one of Tokyo’s most elegant neighborhoods.
Shinto & Shrines
A guide for travellers to Japan on Shintoism and visiting shrines with information sourced from a 17th generation Shinto Priestess.
JR Nakatsu Station in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu is served by the Sonic and Nichirin Limited Express trains which run between Hakata Station and Miyazaki.
JR Banetsu Line
The JR Banetsu West Line and JR Banetsu East Line connect Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture with Niitsu and Iwaki respectively.
Matsuyama-shi Station (as known as Matsuyama City Station or shieki) is the other major railway station in Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku along with JR Matsuyama Station.
Meguro Station Tokyo
Meguro Station in Tokyo is on the circular Yamanote Line, the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, the Tokyu Meguro Line between Meguro and Hiyoshi and the Toei Mita Line from Meguro to Nishi-Takashimadaira
The Tsurumai Line (鶴舞線) is one of the six main subway lines of the Nagoya subway system. It runs east to west from Kami Otai (T01) to Akaike (T20).
Kochi Station is the main point of access for Kochi city and is also a highway bus terminal and on the Kochi tram network.
Umisachi Yamasachi Limited Express
The Umisachi Yamasachi Limited Express sightseeing train runs along the scenic Nichinan Coast from Miyazaki Station to Nango.
JR Kisuki Line
Starting at JR Shinji (San-in Line), on the shore of Lake Shinji the JR Kisuki Line travels 82 kilometers to terminate at Bingo-Ochiai Station Hiroshima.
Fujigaoka Station Nagoya
Fujigaoka Station is at the eastern end of the Higashiyama (Yellow) Line of the Nagoya subway.
Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line
Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line: the Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line connects Heian-dori Station in Nagoya with Inuyama to the north.
JR Izumo Station JR出雲市駅 in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture is built in the style of the nearby Izumo Taisha shrine. Izumo Taisha is the main attraction in town.
Horyuji Station Nara JR Yamatoji Line
Horyuji Station is on the JR Yamatoji Line and is a 20 minute walk from Horyuji Temple in Nara. The station has coin lockers and is staffed.
Marutamachi Station Kyoto
Marutamachi Station is a station on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Karasuma Oike (the interchange station with the Tozai Line).
Nagoya Kintetsu Station
Nagoya Kintetsu Station: read a guide to Nagoya Kintetsu Station and Kintetsu train information from Nagoya to Osaka.
The Sakaisuji Subway Line in Osaka runs from Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station north-south to Tengachaya Station via Kitahama, Ebisucho and Dobutsuen-mae stations.
Imadegawa Station Karasuma Line Kyoto Subway
Imadegawa Station is a subway stop on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Marutamachi Station and one stop south of Kuramaguchi Station.
Kanayama Station Nagoya: read a guide to Kanayama Station in Nagoya including train and subway lines and surrounding attractions.
Nerima Station in western Tokyo is a busy commuter station on the Toei Oedo Line, the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Seibu Toshima Line.
Asakusabashi Station: read a guide to Asakusabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Subway Line and the JR Chuo-Sobu Line.
Getting Around Hagi
Getting Around Hagi: find information on trains to Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, its railway stations, long distance buses and the Hagi Loop Bus.
Yamashina Station Kyoto
Yamashina Station in north east Kyoto is made up of three stations: JR Yamashina Station, the Yamashina subway station and Keihan Yamashina Station on the Keishin Line.
Aso Boy Trains
Aso Boy Trains: Since 2011 the Aso Boy limited express train has been running, not surprisingly considering its name, to and from Mount Aso, the massive volcano in the middle of the island.
Kawasemi-Yamasemi Kingfisher Sightseeing Train
The Kawasemi-Yamasemi, Kingfisher Sightseeing Train entered service in 2017 and runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi in Kyushu.
Kiso Fukushima Station
Kiso Fukushima Station is a JR station serving the pleasant town of Kiso Fukushima in Nagano Prefecture. Kiso Fukushima Station is on the Chuo Main Line.
Sonic Train From Hakata to Oita ソニック: JR Kyushu's Sonic is an express train running from Hakata Station in Fukuoka to Oita via Beppu.
Tokyo Disneyland: Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disney Resort is the world's most visited theme park. Tokyo Disneyland is located in Chiba a short journey from Tokyo Station.
Gifu Meitetsu Station
A guide to Gifu Meitetsu Station in Gifu city, Gifu Prefecture.
Nagasaki Station: read a guide to Nagasaki Station which has connections to Hakata Station in Fukuoka, Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch and other destinations in Nagasaki Prefecture.
Musashi-Kosugi Station is a major railway station in Kawasaki on the Yokosuka Line, Nambu Line, Toyoko Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line and the Meguro Line.
Hitoyoshi Station in Kumamoto is on the Hisatsu Line and is the terminus for several scenic trains: the Kawasemi Yamasemi, Isaburo Shinpei and Hitoyoshi SL.
Bantan Line (播但線): the Bantan Line connects Himeji and Wadayama in Hyogo Prefecture. One train on the line called the Sky Castle train depicts Takeda Castle Ruins.
Tsukuba Station TX Express Ibaraki
Tsukuba Station is the terminus of the Tsukuba Express (TX) that runs between Akihabara and Tsukuba (Science City) in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Tokorozawa Station in Tokorozawa, Saitama has Seibu Line trains to Ikebukuro and Nishi-Shinjuku stations in Tokyo.
JR Akita Station
JR Akita Station in Akita Prefecture 秋田駅 the main station in the center of the city.
Akihabara Station: read a guide to Akihabara Station which connects to the Tsukuba Express, Yamanote Line and Chuo-Sobu Line.
Nagoya Meitetsu Railways
Meitetsu Railways 名古屋鉄道: Nagoya Railroad company aka Meitetsu Railways is a major railway network in the Chubu region of central Japan.
Keio Line & Keio New Line
The Keio Line is a private railway line in Tokyo connecting Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku with the western suburbs of Chofu, Fuchu and Keio-Hachioji.
Kobe subway: read a guide to the Kobe subway including subway lines, stations and travel passes.
Chikusa Station in Nagoya is on the Higashiyama Line of the subway and also the JR Chuo Line with Shinano trains to Matsumoto and Nagano.
Meitetsu Station Nagoya
Nagoya Meitetsu Station: read a guide to Nagoya Meitetsu Station as well as Meitetsu train services and Meitetsu buses.
Nakatsugawa Station Gifu
Nakatsugawa Station, Gifu is on the JR Chuo Line from Nagoya via Tajimi to Nakatsugawa. The Chuo Line then continues to Shiojiri, Takao, Mitaka and Tokyo.
Hamamatsucho Station Tokyo
Hamamatsucho Station Tokyo 浜松町駅 is a busy station on the Yamanote Line and the Keihin-Tohoku Line as well as connecting to the Tokyo Monorail for Haneda.
The Fukuchiyama Line is a JR railway line between Osaka Station and Fukuchiyama in Kyoto Prefecture.
Yurakucho Station is one stop south of Tokyo Station on the Yamanote Line and also on the Keihin-Tohoku Line and Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line.
Hibiya Station in Tokyo
Hibiya Station in central Tokyo serves three subway lines: the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Chiyoda Line, and the Toei Mita Line.
Takaracho Station Tokyo 宝町駅: Takaracho Station is located in the Kyobashi district of Tokyo close to Tokyo International Forum and the National Film Center.
Joetsu Shinkansen: read a guide to the Joetsu Shinkansen which connects Tokyo Station with Niigata Station in Niigata via Echigo Yuzawa.
Kita Senju Station
Kita Senju Station is a major railway station in Tokyo on the Hibiya and Chiyoda metro lines, the Tsukuba Express, Joban Line and the Tobu Skytree Line.
Hakodate Station is a major station and point of access in Hakodate in Hokkaido with trains to Sapporo, Otaru and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.
Sendagi Station Tokyo
Sendagi Station Tokyo is a Tokyo metro line station on the Chiyoda Line close to the historic Yanaka district of Tokyo and Yanaka Ginza.
Yonago Station: Yonago Station in Tottori Prefecture is a major rail hub with trains on the San-in Line, Hakubi Line and Sakai Line.
Tennoji Station: read a guide to Tennoji Station in south Osaka with details on train and bus connections and nearby sights and attractions around Tennoji.
Jingu-Mae Station Nagoya
Jingu-Mae Station: read a guide to Jingu-Mae Station in Nagoya, a major Meitetsu Line connecting station.
Akabane Station Tokyo
Akabane Station in Kita Ward in the very north of urban Tokyo is a busy commuter train station entirely operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).
Matsue Station Sanin Line
JR Matsue Station in Matsue in Shimane Prefecture is a main point of access for visitors to the city. JR Matsue Station is on the Sanin Line.
Tobu Skytree Line
The Tobu Skytree Line runs from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen Station in Saitama Prefecture.
Kuramae Station on the Oedo Line and Kuramae Station on the Asakusa Line are both Toei-operated subway line stations in the Kuramae district.
The Nippori-Toneri Liner is a short, automated, elevated railway in the north-east of Tokyo, serving the suburban wards of Arakawa and Adachi wards.
Fukuchiyama Station Kyoto Prefecture
Fukuchiyama Station connects the city by train with both Osaka and Kyoto, Kansai's two biggest cities. Fukuchiyama is on the Sanin Main Line to Shimonoseki.
Tsurumai Station: read a guide to Tsurumai Station in Nagoya with information on train connections and local attractions.
Mito Station in Mito city, Ibaraki Prefecture has trains on the Joban, Suigun and Oarai Kashima lines. Ueno Station is just over an hour by express.
JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station
JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station 海浜幕張駅 - Kaihin-Makuhari Station (Kaihimmakuhari Station) in Chiba Prefecture is on the JR Keiyo Line to Tokyo Station.
Mojiko Station Kitakyushu
Mojiko Station 門司港駅:, Kitakyushu, on the Kagoshima Main Line, is one of few remaining large scale stations made of wood in Japan.
Gomen Nahari Line
The Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen Nahari Line (ごめん・なはり線) in Shikoku runs just over 42 kilometers between Gomen and Nahari stations.
Aonami Line Nagoya
The Aonami Line in Nagoya runs from Nagoya Station to Kinjo-Futo Station for Port Messe Nagoya convention center and the SCMaglev & Railway Park.
When to visit Japan to see the cherry blossoms?
The ever-popular blossoming of cherry flowers, Sakura, is a national event in Japan. However, the transience of flowers and unpredictability of the nature make forecasting difficult.
The Meiko Line is a continuation of the Meijo Line of the Nagoya subway system and runs 6km from Kanayama Station to Nagoyako Station in the Nagoya Port district of the city.
JR Hohi Main Line Kumamoto - Beppu
JR Hohi Main Line: The 148 km-long JR Hohi Mainline runs in the Aso caldera region of Kyushu and connects Kumamoto Station with Oita Station.
Kuko Line Fukuoka Subway
The Kuko Line (Airport Line) is one of the three subway lines in Fukuoka. The line operates from Meinohama to Fukuokakuko (Fukuoka Airport) in Hakata Ward.
Ride the slow train of the Hisatsu Line, a local railway line in Kyushu which wonderful views of the Kirishima Mountains.
Miyazaki Station is the main station for Miyazaki city, the capital of Miyazaki Prefecture at the southern end of Kyushu.
Nose Railway Myoken Line
The Nose Railway Myoken Line runs from Kawanishi in Hyogo Prefecture to Nose in Osaka Prefecture.
Namboku Line Sapporo Subway
The Namboku Line of the Sapporo subway in Hokkaido runs north-south through Sapporo Station, Susukino, Odori and Nakajima Park.
Attack on Titan
A real phenomenon since its release, Attack on Titan , or Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, is one of the most universally recognized manga of the last decade.
Hunter x Hunter
Extremely popular action-adventure shonen, despite the numerous interruptions it was subjected to to preserve its author's health, Hunter x Hunter is a real reference of the genre.
The specialities to try in Tohoku
Bridging Japan’s major hub of Kanto and the most northern island of Hokkaido, the Tohoku region boasts some of the main island of Honshu’s most celebrated attractions, its unique culinary culture e
Whether you are a fan of manga or a total stranger to this universe, the name Dragon Ball will sound familiar to your ears.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
A true phenomenon of the new manga/animated generation, Demon Slayer is a staple of Japanese pop culture.
Bleach is a popular manga, which has just made its comeback to present its final arc (a narrative arc is characterized by a plot developed over several episodes) in an animated ver
As a timeless manga that has marked several generations, Naruto has revitalized the action-adventure genre in shonen. Here is a quick overview of this internation
Today considered as one of the greatest mangas in existence, while also being one of the most popular, One Piece has influenced several generations. Here is an overview of what One Piece is about
Top 5 of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Tokyo
In Tokyo, Christmas and its festivities have managed to find their place to become real unmissable events.
The most beautiful autumn illuminations in Kyoto
If you're visiting Kyoto during the fall, know that you are in the right place at the right time!
How to go from Sendai to Morioka?
From Sendai to Morioka, you will find outstanding views of rural Japan to the left and right of the train.
Osaka Loop Line
The Osaka Loop Line in one of the many convenient train lines that runs through the metropolitan Osaka area.
How to go from Tokyo to Sendai?
Located just an hour and a half away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, Sendai is known for its tree-lined streets and Tanabata festival. A variety of sightseeing spots are abound on the way, too!
Christmas in japan
Year after year, the Christmas spirit has managed to find its place in a Japan that worships gifts.
Top 5 of the most beautiful autumn illuminations in Japan
Very popular in Japan, autumnal illuminations arrive at the same time as the Koyo and embellish the moment when the leaves turn red.
Resumption of tourism in Japan : What You Need to Know !
This is it! After more than two years of waiting, Japan has finally relaxed all restrictions for travelers since the 11st of October.
Five tips for a successful hanami
A blue tarp, a cooler full of beer, a park and cherry trees: tips for a successful hanami under the sakura.
Top things to do in winter in Japan
In addition to being the season when you will have the best chance to see Mount Fuji thanks to clear weather, winter in Japan has many surprises in store for you.
Located in the Aichi Expo Memorial Park, near the city of Nagoya, Ghibli Park is the most prominent attraction of the end of the year.
Sendai subway has two lines: the north-south Namboku Line and the east-west Tozai Line. Sendai Station is the major intersection of the two lines.
Top 5 bars with the best views of Tokyo
It is well known that the Japanese capital has a real effervescence that varies depending on the district.
The Tohoku Emotion
The Tohoku Emotion is a Japanese train, which crosses the northernmost part of the main island of Honshu and makes you taste the specialties of the region.
Things to take to Japan
For a short journey or for a long vacation, prepare your bag properly to have a successful trip!
Here is a list of the essentials to have in your bag in Japan.
5 views of Tokyo available for free
With its countless buildings, its two towers, and Mount Fuji in the background, Tokyo from the sky is a treat for the eyes as well as for the heart.
The best Japanese winter scenery
In Japan, winter is a season as beautiful as spring, summer or autumn.
Things to do in Tohoku
The Tohoku region is famous for its modern and traditional activities, which allow discovering the vastness of the region.
10 Things to check before leaving
Your trip to Japan is coming up and you want to be sure you do not forget anything? Here is a checklist of the 10 essential things to prepare before the big departure!
Kansai Thru Pass
The Kansai Thru Pass allows unlimited travel on buses, trains, and subways in the Kansai region in western and central Japan.
How to go from Okayama to Matsue?
Japan has always boasted a very rich historical background, and the itinerary from Okayama to Matsue is especially representative of that.
The Tohoku region consists of the north east part of the main island of Honshu including the six prefectures of Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima.
Using the metro in Tokyo
It is impossible to do without the subway to explore a city as large as Tokyo.
The brightly painted Yasaka-jinja Shrine is one of the city's best known and most popular landmarks, especially the two-story vermilion entrance gate at the end of Shijo-dori Avenue.
Autumn Leaves Viewing Places
This fall, Japan Experience shares its selection of the best places to enjoy the Japanese phenomenon of kōyō, when the natural landscape is transformed and the leaves turn red.
5 new places to discover in Japan in 2022
As Japan prepares to welcome foreign visitors once again, we invite you to discover 5 new magical and extravagant places, which are opening their doors this year.
Mountain hikes near Tokyo
Not far from the capital, there are some nice hikes to do in a day to escape Tokyo's crowds and neon lights. Mount Takao is the most famous, but there are many others ...
Naoshima Island Tour
There are no temples, shrines or medieval castles to visit on this island in the Japanese inland sea (Setouchi), but seven spaces dedicated to contemporary art, bathed in sunshine.
How to go from Beppu to Aso?
The journey from Beppu to Aso will take you through Japan's volcanic areas.
KYOTOGRAPHY is the Kyoto International Photography Festival, now recognized as one of the world's leading photographic events.
Coronavirus - Update about your cancellation
Were you traveling to Japan with Japan Experience? Here is the information on how to get a credit note or refund.
In Japan, there are more than 100 000 different family names! This is much more than in China and Korea, even though they are Japan's neighbors.
Wakayama Electric Railway
Wakayama Electric Railway (Dentetsu) is a private railway that runs from Wakayama city to Kishi in Kinokawa.
The words to know to take the train in Japan
As an essential means of transport, the train will take you to the four corners of Japan safely, quickly, and punctually... as long as you choose your route carefully.
How to go from Kyoto to Nara ?
Discover how to go from Kyoto to Nara and its famous temples from Kyoto.
Cute Character Trains In Japan
Character Trains In Japan: see a listing of Japan's many cute character trains with special liveries and interiors such as the Anpanman train, Tama train and Yokai train.
Yosakoi Soran Matsuri Festival
The Yosakoi festival takes place every year, in June, in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.
How to go from Akita to Niigata?
The route from Akita to Niigata offers great views with a Japan Rail Pass : as the train enters Yamagata Prefecture, mountains give way to the coast.
Japan's Most Unique Train Stations
Check out some of Japan's highest and deepest train stations. Order your Japan Rail Pass today!
Visit the Best Plum Blossom Spots in Japan by Rail
Our thoughts on the best plum blossom spots in Japan, and how to get there by rail.
Japan's Best Ski Spots by Rail
Five of the best ski resorts in Japan, plus their great rail pass package deals. Order your Japan Rail Pass online today - 7, 14, & 21-day Passes available.
How to go from Tokyo to Nagoya ?
Discover the Tokaido Line and reach Nagoya with your Japan Rail Pass
The Shinkansen network
Here is an overview of the Shinkansen network in Japan - accessible with a Japan Rail Pass.
The Best Winter Views by Rail
Explore the incredible beauty of Japan in winter from the window of your Japan train. Order your Japan Rail Pass today.
How to go from Matsumoto to Nagoya ?
This train line between Matsumoto and Nagoya is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and runs through the Kiso Valley, along the route of the Nakasendo Highway, the old postal route between Edo (Tokyo) a
How to go from Aomori to Akita?
If on the first part of the journey the JR trains from Aomori to Akita via Odate run through residential areas, the landscape gradually opens up to reveal beautiful scenery of the Japanese countrys
How to go from Oita to Miyazaki ?
Running down the east coast of Kyushu the journey between Oita and Miyazaki on the Limited express Nichirin or Nichirin Seagaia is a contrast of mountain and sea.
How to go from Shingu to Osaka ?
The Kuroshio is the most frequent train, connecting Kii peninsula, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Tennoji.
The bakeneko, the legend of the "monster cat"
At the origin of a centuries-old superstition, the bakeneko or "monster-cat" is both feared and celebrated...Its long tail allows it to stand up, and it is even said to have the gift of ra
The different types of roads in Japan
Before you get behind the wheel, learn more about the different types of roads in Japan.
How to go from Kanazawa to Kyoto ?
Discover with your Japan Rail Pass the route between Kanazawa and Kyoto, it follows the northern coast of japan, before heading south along Lake Biwa. If you have time, make a stop at Fukui.
Cherry blossoms in Japan - Forecast 2022
The blooming of cherry blossoms, called sakura in japanese, announces the arriving of Spring. Incarnating ephemerality, they unveil their beauty for only two weeks.
Japanese Food Glossary
Here is an A-Z glossary of Japanese food words and phrases.
Practical tips on JR PASS
Japan is the country of trains, with probably the densest network in the world, the highest traffic... It has therefore developed a culture of train travel unique in the world.
Direct access to Mont Fuji from Shinjuku
Starting from March 16, a new train reach Kawaguchiko Station directly from Shinjuku Station : the Limited Express FUJI EXCURSION.
Navigating Yokohama Station
Yokohama Station is about half an hour from Tokyo with a Japan Rail Pass. It provides access to Chinatown, Landmark Tower and Minato Mirai district close to the sea.
Harajuku station along the JR Yamanote Line
Harajuku station (JY19) is a key station in Tokyo served by the Yamanote Line.
As of April , 2022, Hyperdia has stopped in updating its timetable details on route search service.
How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ?
Let's discover the journey between Fukuoka and Kumanoto !
Venus Fort is part of the Palette Town complex in Tokyo's waterside Odaiba district, and is one of the many attractions the area offers.
Hanami etiquette guide
Hanami is very popular with Japanese and tourists alike, but did you know that there's etiquette to follow during these festivities?
MORI Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON TeamLab Borderless
The MORI Building Digital Art Museum is a jewel of TeamLab, a Japanese artistic collective that continues to gain in popularity.
The Chuo Main Line is a Japan Rail-operated railway line that goes between Tokyo and Nagoya, and is not to be confused with the Chuo Line (Rapid), which is the special section of the line that serv
Chuo Line Subway
The Chuo Line in Osaka is a municipal subway running west-east from Cosmosquare at Osaka Port to Nagata Station through Hommachi and north central Osaka.
The origins of Hanami
Hanami is a custom that dates back to ancient times. Here's a look back at the history of an emblematic cultural phenomenon of Japan!
Nakagin Capsule Tower
South of the Ginza district, near Shinbashi, is a unique building that stands out in the landscape of Tokyo skyscrapers, the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
Tokyo Subway Tickets & Navigation Guide
Read information on navigating Tokyo along with the various Tokyo subway tickets available including Pasmo and Suica IC cards, one-day tickets and special tickets for foreign visitors.
Nozomi Shinkansen Train
The Nozomi is the super-express bullet train service on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, faster than the Kodama and Hikari services, and is the only shinkansen service not covered by the Japan Rail Pas
How to go from Fukuoka to Nagasaki?
The route between Fukuoka and Nagasaki is served by the Limited Express Kamome trains. For great views of the Ariake Sea, be sure to reserve a seat on the left-hand side of the train!
Kyoto Bus & Subway Travel Cards & Passes
Kyoto Bus & Subway Travel Cards & Passes: see a listing of all the bus and subway passes available for visitors to and residents of Kyoto.
Cherry blossoms along the water in Tokyo
There is no right or wrong way to view cherry blossoms, sakura, in Japan. However, there as some preferred spots in each region and city.
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
See a listing of Tokyo's best cherry blossom viewing spots including Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and the moats of Edo Castle.
Cherry blossoms by night
From Kyushu to northern Honshu, discover the best places to enjoy cherry blossoms... by night! Experience this well-known phenomenon in Japan: yozakura.
On the artificial island of Odaiba, Venus Fort shopping mall presents another side of Japan, an extravagant facet advocating delusions of grandeur.
One day visit to Nara
Spend a day in Nara to see where the arts, architecture and Buddhist religion first flourished.
The original religion of Japan is Shinto, worshiping the forces of nature.
Hiragana and Katakana : How to learn Japanese ?
Taught to Japanese students in their first year of school from the age of six, hiragana and katakana are the essentials prerequisites for learning the Japanese language.
Jean Freund, the author behind the Travel Book : Le Bon Voyage Japan
From the Japanese megalopolis to the vineyards of Alsace, the Chinese countryside and the Mongolian steppes, Jean Freund fills his Moleskine notebooks with his stories. He likes to take the
Whether you are traveling or residing in Japan, here are some practical tips to make your visit to the local Post Office easier.
Yoyogi Park in Shinjuku is the ideal stop after a studious morning spent visiting temples and shrines. You will feel carefree upon leaving the park, which has a festive atmosphere.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Emperors, empresses, princes and concubines lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho. Today the former imperial palace welcomes visitors and transports them back in time.
Shopping at a supermarket
When visiting Japan, you might have to do some shopping at a supermarket, but don't be intimidated! Here's a guide to what to expect when shopping at a supermarket in Japan...
The New National Stadium in Tokyo
The National Stadium is a sports complex located in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo.
Tokyo Imperial Palace 皇居
The Imperial Palace, or Kokyo, is centrally located in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, very near Tokyo Station. Kokyo is home to the Emperor of Japan and his family, and is where Edo Castle once stood.
Where to park in Japan ?
Given the urban density of most of the cities in Japan, and the speed with which the authorities notice illegally parked cars, it is very unlikely that you will easily find somewhere when p
Japanese service stations
In Japan, the customer is king, and this is true for drivers filling up their car at a Japanese gas station.
Tips on renting a car in Japan
In Japan, traveling by car is the ideal solution for those who wish to venture off the beaten track or who dream of a personalized itinerary.
Road signs and driving regulations in Japan
Learn all about road signs and driving rules in Japan before you get behind the wheel!
With Japan Experience, discover everything there is to know before taking a highway in Japan and get ready to explore the country!
The most beautiful Japanese roads
Stroll through rice paddies, tea fields, or pine forests... Wind through the mountains and along the valleys towards the most remote spa towns.
The National Crafts Museum
Recently moved from its original location in Tokyo to Kanazawa in the Ishikawa prefecture, the National Crafts Museum is a great asset in the conservation and promotion of Japanese crafts.
The cherry blossoms through art
With the arrival of spring, the streets, gardens and mountains of Japan welcome the cherry blossoms and the whole archipelago is covered in pink for a few days, a few weeks.
Tenryuji is the most important temple in the Arashiyama area of west Kyoto.
From fashionable clothing accessories in Japan during the Edo period, they have become popular collector's items around the world. But what are netsuke and where can you get them?
Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden
With more than 16 hectares, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen stands out as an essential garden in the Japanese capital.
Ten Japanese Christmas Gift Ideas
Since we are still not able to travel to Japan this year, why not make travel those who dreamed of discovering Japan by giving them Christmas gifts from the Land of the Rising Sun?
Kiyomizu-dera, 'Pure Water Temple' in Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera is a very popular place to visit for visitors who want to discover Kyoto's history.
A permanent fixture on the streets of Japan, Koban or police boxes, are there to help bring order to their designated neighborhood as well as help lost tourists.
In Japan, Taxis are expensive, yet very useful when you've got heavy luggage or you missed the last train. Here are Japan Experience's tips and advice for taking a taxi in Japan.
Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo
Located in the Shiodome district these beautiful gardens, with its 25 hectares, are a retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.
In Japanese, nabe (pronounced "nah-beh") simply means pot. Nabe ryori (pot cooking) has become a generic term for meals cooked in a pot - vegetables, meat and noodles or rice cooked at the table in
Hakone Open Air Museum
This unusual museum is experienced by way of a walk through a hundred sculptures in a natural setting.
Tokyo Big Sight
The Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) in Odaiba Tokyo is one of the country's premier exhibition arenas and convention centers, a venue for a busy calendar of events.
Here you can experience Japanese technology in all its forms: Robots, Space exploration and a planetarium. Welcome to the future.
Sado Island Guide
The history of Sado Island, north of Nagano, is one of both a land of exile and the gold rush. Today, it is primarily a destination for seasoned hikers and a center of taiko drumming.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Byodoin temple is considered the height of expression of the aristocratic art of the Heian Period (794-1185).
Awaji island (Awaji-shima) in Japan's Inland Sea is linked to Honshu island via Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, and to Shikoku island via the Naruto Ohashi Bridge.
The 7,000 works from the collection of Kaichiro Nezu are exhibited within an oasis of peace and greenery, a few minutes from Omotesando.
Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi Valley with its breathtaking views and scenery will create a lasting memory.
Sumiyoshi Taisha, in southern Osaka, is claimed to be one of the oldest shrines in Japan.
Located in the south-east of Kyoto, Tofukuji is a large open temple complex, with 23 sub temples. The temple is famous for its stone and moss gardens and has the largest Zen temple gate in Japan.
Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa Kyoto
Katsura Rikyu, situated in southwest Kyoto, is one of the two Imperial Villas in the ancient capital (the other is Shugakuin Imperial Villa).
Sanjusangendo, in the Higashiyama district, is a Buddhist temple with a well guarded secret interior. Discover its celebrated works of art.
Steeped in history, the Toji complex spans the years from its expansion in the ninth century to its current collaboration with the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in France.
Destroyed during the Second World War, all that remained of Tokugawa's prestigious castle was the main keep. But gradually, the palace is rising from the ashes.
This huge skyscraper offers visitors a stunning 360° view of the old fishing port, Yokohama.
A city transformed by international trade, the Yamate and Motomachi neighborhoods give Yokohama a western feel.
If you're looking for the quintessential Japan don't miss Nanzenji.
The shrine is dedicated to the two most important Japanese emperors and built to celebrate the Kyoto 1100th anniversary and named Heian, the city's former name.
Daitokuji Temple Kyoto
Daitokuji is a functioning Rinzai Zen temple complex in northwest Kyoto.
The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto
Running from Nanzenji Temple to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) in the northeast of Kyoto, the Philosopher's Walk is a roughly 2 km path that follows the beautiful Shishigatani Canal lined with many ch
A preserved old merchant town, pretty Kurashiki's historic warehouses, have been converted into museums, boutiques and restaurants.
This Buddhist temple of the Edo era (1603 - 1868) was the scene for one of the most famous samurai stories, 47 Ronin.
Spring, summer, fall, and winter, Japanese festivals are held throughout the year and celebrated up and down the country. The type of festival varies from region and season.
The Edo Period (1603-1868)
This period saw 260 years of peace thanks to a strong political regime, unprecedented urban development, a flourishing culture, and refined arts; this is the Edo Period (1603-1868).
Shodo Japanese Calligraphy
In Japanese, shodo literally means “the way of writing’. More than just an aesthetic, it’s an expression of the inner spirit of the calligrapher.
Nakano Broadway, Tokyo
Nakano, or Nakano Broadway, in Tokyo is a temple for otaku, Japanese pop-culture superfans, where you will find manga, anime, figurines and robots.
Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts. Located in Gunma Prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, it attracts onsen lovers all year round.
Ueno Zoo located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park is the oldest zoo in Japan.
Between its embassies and its excellent restaurants, Akasaka, located North of Roppongi, is one of the most exclusive areas in Tokyo.
Going down the avenue, which is on its way up, makes wanderers and shoppers at the luxury brands and architecture.
Ueno Park, in Taito ward, is home to Tokyo's most famous cherry trees, art galleries, museums, temples, a zoo, street entertainers, the odd proselytizer, and more than the odd crow.
Oji's Inari Matsuri
North of the capital, Oji is a small district full of charm.
One stop from Shibuya, the Daikanyama area brings together fashion boutiques, terraces, restaurants and bookstores. The perfect place to explore and escape the excesses of the capital.
Todaiji incites interest by its imposing statue of Buddha, its status as the first sacred Buddhist site in the province can not be put aside. The grandeur of this site commands respect.
On first impressions, Shinagawa is in an impersonal business district full of skyscrapers. However, this old fishing village once the water's edge has a rich history to discover.
Discover Japanese history through architecture, from the time of the Tokugawa shogun to warehouses from the Meiji period and the architecture of the Taisho era.
Karuizawa is a resort town, with beautiful scenery, museums and hiking trails for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle.
At the heart of an arrangement of memorial buildings for soldiers who died whilst fighting for the Emperor. The shrine seems so peaceful yet Yasukuni Jinja became very controversial.
Kissaten, Japanese retro cafes
In the land of green tea, there is no shortage of coffee enthusiasts or "Kissaten", coffee shops. Imported to Japan in the late 1800s and the first cafe opened in the early 1900s.
Commonly mistranslated as 'vertical pinball,' pachinko is a noisy, smoky, time-consuming, and hypnotic form of gambling that plays a huge part in the Japanese economy.
Electricity in Japan
Plugs, voltages, adapters: Everything you need to know about using electricity in Japan for your trip.
Find out more about Japanese currency, yen, where to withdraw cash and other tips you need for your trip to Japan.
What city can boast having an impressive stadium, an amusement park and a spa with natural hot springs, all in one location and in the center of the city? Tokyo of course!
Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Shinjuku Gyoen Park, nicknamed the ‘urban oasis’, is one of the largest parks in Tokyo.
Kokyo, Imperial Palace
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Located in the heart of Tokyo in a wooded area of over 100,000 trees, Meiji-Jingu is one of Japan’s most famous shrines and is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
Roppongi is well known for its nightlife. As well as it’s nightlife it offers excellent shopping, dining and museums for visitors to enjoy.
Formerly residential, the exciting Shinjuku area, dominated by the city hall, by the famous architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005), is a concentration of skyscrapers and department stores.
Abashiri, Hokkaido Guide
Abashiri is located on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea, 350 km from Sapporo, northeast of Hokkaido.
Fushimi Inari Taisha
South of Kyoto, the torii of Fushimi Inari Taisha, traditional gates at the entrance to Shinto shrines, lined up in their thousands on the mountainside. This is a must-visit place in Kyoto
Travel to Hokkaido Island
For the Japanese, Hokkaido is synonymous with wide-open spaces and wild nature.
Ryoanji Temple Kyoto
Ryoanji Temple located in the northwest of Kyoto is home to Japan's best known stone garden. Now a World Heritage Site this a must see attraction in Kyoto.
Located in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island, the region of Iya is a Japanese jungle.
When it comes to Japan's most beautiful gardens, Korakuen garden is regarded as one of the best, along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kairakuen in Mito.
Kofukuji temple was the family temple of the powerful Fujiwara family and is considered one of the finest museums of sacred Japanese sculpture from the seventh to the thirteenth century.
Kumamoto is said to have one of Japan's biggest and most impressive castles in the country. It is a true reflection of Japan's ancient castles.
Tokyo International Forum
The Tokyo International Forum is a vast convention center, concert venue and exhibition space in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, bordering the lively Yurakucho area, near Tokyo S
Voices calling out from behind their stalls, traders dealing with customers. The smell of fresh fish, spices and candy tempt passersby. Welcome to Ameyayokocho.
Saihoji (Kokedera) Temple
Plants mark the passing of the seasons. Here, nearly 120 varieties of moss have created a color palette of infinite varieties of yellow and green. Welcome to the Kokedera Moss Temple.
Located in southeast Kyoto Daigoji Temple was founded by Shobo in 874. Now a World Heritage Site the temple is a great place to see the changing of the leaves.
Kanazawa Castle is just across the Ishikawa Bridge from Kanazawa's prime attraction, the Kenrokuen Garden. Both sites are must-sees on a visit to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Okochi Sanso Villa
The late great silent movie actor Denjiro Okochi was a major star from the 1920's until his death in 1962.
Matsushima is famous for its view of over the bay, considered one of Japan's Three Great Sights. However, it offers visitors ancient cultural treasures as well.
Iriomote Island is the largest island of the Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama-shoto), the group of 19 sub-tropical islands in the deep south western waters of Okinawa Prefecture (Ryukyu Is
Located in a beautiful part of Higashiyama Ward, Kodaiji sits atop a slight hill. The temple is a jewel of Momoyama Period architecture.
Hiroshima Peace Park
The symbol of a national tragedy and now preserved as a peace memorial, dedicated to promoting peace and looking to a brighter future.
Flighting robots, futuristics choreography and other scenes of science fiction: the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku features performances straight out of anime movies.
Kichijoji gets a passing mention in most guidebooks for Inokashira Koen, a park celebrated for its spring cherry blossom viewing.
Hozu River Boat Cruise
Take a traditional boat along the Hozu River to Arashiyama, a relaxing way to see this beautiful part of Kyoto.
Abeno Harukas in Abeno ward, Osaka, is Japan's tallest building at 300m, 4m taller than the next tallest building in Japan. Its observation deck offers a fantastic view of Osaka.
Mount Mitake, located in Ome, in western Tokyo and part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, is one of Tokyo's favorite day trip destinations, rivaling the popularity of Mount Takao.
Yufuin is a small town of around 36,000 people nestled in the picturesque valley below Mount Yufu-dake near Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu.
A trip to Japan is simply not complete without a visit to one of the many karaoke bars or boxes available. You have not sampled karaoke properly until you have experienced it in Japan.
Kujukushima National Park
Located in Sasebo, in Nagasaki prefecture, it is one of the most beautiful panoramas in Japan.
Autumn and winter flowers in Japan
We often think of sunny days when we talk about flowers, but what about winter? In Japan, flowers grow year-round.
Biei Blue Pond, Hokkaido
In recent years, the blue pond of Biei, Aoi-ike, has become a must-visit sight on Hokkaido Island in northern Japan. But why is the pond so blue?
Kyushu Island in southern Japan
Kyushu offers an endless variety of landscapes from cities to volcanoes, to hot springs and islands.
Pilgrimage hikes in Japan
The pilgrimage has been a popular exercise in Japan for many centuries.
The Seto Inland Sea
The six most beautiful lakes in eastern Hokkaido
These six large lakes in eastern Hokkaido will not fail to surprise and amaze you with beautiful scenery that you will not forget. Explore these majestic lakes in northern Japan.
With its Mediterranean landscapes planted with olive trees along the Inland Sea of Japan (Setouchi), its mountainous landform, rice terraces, lush forests and long white sand beaches, Shikoku delig
The differences between temples and shrines
Shinto altars in Buddhist temples, Buddhist statues in Shinto shrines, the places of worship of the two great religions in Japan are sometimes mixed.
Todai-ji, the temple to the great Buddha of Nara
The Todai-ji is an important Buddhist temple located in the heart of the city of Nara, in Kansai.
The Maneki Neko, Japanese lucky cat
With a stoic or laughing air, a malicious cat invites you, with a sign of the paw, to enter such a shop or a restaurant.
Public transportation in Osaka?
Subway, train, bus... As in all major Japanese cities, public transport in Osaka is abundant and very efficient. A short guide to finding your way around in the capital of Kansai, Osaka.
Driving in Japan
Put in drive and let the road guide you: driving in Japan is an experience not to be missed when you want to get off the beaten track... provided that you know where your wheels will take you!
Obi city tour
Nicknamed the "little Kyoto" of Kyushu, Obi is a small castle town attached to the city of Nichinan, in the south of Miyazaki prefecture.
The most beautiful natural phenomena of Japan
Besides the blooming sakura and the blushing leaves during the koyo season; events well known to tourists visiting Japan, however, Japan also has many other natural wonders!
Ukiyo-e, Japanese prints
Ukiyo-e is an artistic movement that reached its peak during the Edo period (1603 - 1868).
10 things to see in Mie Prefecture
Famous for its beautiful temples, Mie is one of the most sacred prefectures in Japan.
10 of the best national parks in Japan
In Japan, national parks have been classified by the Ministry of the Environment since 1934.
The 'Married Couple Rocks' of Meoto Iwa
Meoto Iwa, literally "Married Couple Rocks" or "Husband and Wife Rocks," are sacred rocks located in the sea near Futami, a small town in Ise, Mie
15 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Language
Japanese is a fascinating language for a Westerner, made up of multiple ideograms, many homophones and a grammar far very different from other languages.
Lake Utonai, a blue gem on the island of Hokkaido
Located an hour and a half from Sapporo, Lake Utonai is a small blue pearl lost in the middle of the Hokkaido countryside.
The Japanese summer is hot. Very hot! Inside, the air conditioning may offer a break, but outside, you might find it hard to find a corner in the shade.
Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi valley remains, for those lucky enough to have gone there, a lasting memory.
What to do in Tokyo when you suffer from jet lag?
With an eight-hour time difference between the two countries in winter (and seven hours in summer), a flight from France to Japan can be intense.
5 Japanese Villages to Visit
The image of Japan for many is often futuristic with crowded cities but Japan also has its small ancient villages, a more rural and quiet side of Japan, the heart of Japan.
The Kii Peninsula
The Kii Peninsula is the largest peninsula on Honshu and stretches south-east from Osaka and is considered Kansai's spiritual heart.
The art of Japanese calligraphy
In Japanese, "shodo" literally means "the way of writing". More than an aesthetic, it is above all a true art of living.
Mountains in Japan
Occupying more than 70% of the territory, mountains in Japan are omnipresent and there are few places from which it is impossible to admire them.
Miyazaki is a pleasant city located in the Miyazaki prefecture, in the southeast of the island of Kyushu.
"Washed again in Kurama, we had ascended to the sky without uttering a word, our hands knotted, riveted to the immense trees, drunk with azure and light. "
Time difference in Japan
After a long flight, crossing international time zones comes the jet lag... Here are some remedies to sleepless nights.
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